Much has been said in recent times about affordable housing.
Over the years a lot has changed.
Back in the 1950s and ’60s we were happy to start with a two-bedroom, one-bathroom house. Today most young people expect a large four-bedroom house.
In the good old days a lot of people built their own houses, making cement bricks after work each night, then laying the bricks at weekends. Others built timber-framed houses, getting help from mates at weekends.
When the house was up to ceiling height the home builder could apply for a bank loan to complete it.
This system worked very well, with different building tradesmen swapping days on each other’s house.
In those good old days you could build a shed in your back yard and live in it while building your house, or build part of the house to live in. I was one of those home owners who used this system to get my first home.